POOLE SPEEDWAY TIMELINE 1948 – 2018

1948  Poole Speedway Ltd formed. Directors C Brewer, E.J. Crutcher, and H Hayden
Joined Division Three of the National League.
Team to be known as the Poole Pirates
First meeting held at Poole Stadium 26 April .
Tour of Sweden, the first English club to undertake a foreign tour.

1949  Change of ownership. Directors C Brewer and J Brewer

1950  National League Division Three Runners-up.

1951  Change of ownership. Directors G Bravery and L Matchan.
National League Division Three Champions. Club promoted to Division Two
Festival of Britain Shield winners

1952  National League Division Two Champions
Brian Crutcher becomes first Poole rider to reach an FIM World Individual Final

1953  National League Division Two Runners-up
Tour of Sweden

1954  National League Division Two Runners-up

1955  National League Division Two Champions. Club promoted to Division One.
Tour of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.

1957  Club closed due to lack of support and fuel rationing. Poole resign from National League Division One.
Change of ownership. Director E.J.Crutcher
Club re-opened and race Open meetings only
Two league matches raced at Poole by Rayleigh.

1958 Change of Ownership. Director Vic Gooden
Poole rejoin Division One

1959 Tour of Poland

1960 Change of ownership. Directors C.J. Knott, J Knott, and C Foot.
Stadium redeveloped. New track installed.
Club elect to join the Provincial League
Provincial League Runners-up

1961 Provincial League Champions

1962 Provincial League Champions

1965 Club become founder members of the British League.
Ronnie Genz first Poole rider to appear in the British Final.

1969 British League Champions
Tour of Poland

1972  Christer Lofqvist becomes first Poole rider to win the Golden Helmet Match Race Championship.

1975  Neil Middleditch becomes the first Poole rider to win the British Under 21 Championship.

1976 Malcolm Simmons becomes first Poole rider to win the British Championship.

1977 Neil Middleditch becomes first Poole rider to reach the FIM World Junior Championship final.

1979 Change of ownership. Directors R Fearman and J Fearman.
Ron Preston becomes first Poole rider to win the FIM World Junior Championship.

1984 Poole Speedway Ltd liquidated at end of 1984.

1985 Change of ownership. Directors M Stewkesbury, P Ansell, A Hodder.
Club elect to race in the National League
Team name changed from Pirates to Wildcats
National League Runners-up

1986 National League Runners-up

1987  Team name changed from Wildcats to Pirates
Daily Echo newspaper becomes club’s first main team sponsor

1988 National League Runners-up

1989 National League Champions

1990 National League Champions
National League Knockout Cup winners
New Track installed

1991 J.T.Commecials announced as main team sponsors

1994 British League Champions
New Track installed

1995 Jason Crump wins the FIM World Junior Championship

1996 New Track installed – FIM approved.

1998 Hair Arena announced as main team sponsors
Kelvin Tatum wins FIM World Longtrack Championship.

1999 Change of ownership. Directors M Ford and M Golding.
ZX1 Motor Oils announced as main team sponsors
Elite League Runners – up
Lee Richardson wins the FIM World Junior Championship.
Mark Loram wins the British Championship
Scott Nicholls wins the British Under 21 Championship.

2000 Gas Appliance Superstore announced as main team sponsors
Mark Loram becomes first Poole rider to win the FIM World Individual Championship

2001  Elite League Runners-up
Craven Shield Champions
Tony Rickardson wins FIM World Individual Championship.

2002 Meridian Lifts annouced as main team sponsors
Craven Shield Champions
Tony Rickardsson wins FIM World Championship

2003 Elite League Champions
Elite League Knockout Cup winners
BSPA League Cup winners

2004 RIAS Insurance announced as main team sponsors
Elite League Champions
Elite League Knockout Cup winners

2005 Krzysztof Kasprzak wins FIM World Junior Championship

2006 Craven Shield Champions

2007  Edward Kennett wins the British Under 21 Championship.

2008 Change of ownership. Director Matt Ford.
Castle Cover announced as main team sponsors
Elite League Champions

2010 Elite League Knockout Cup winners
Elite League Runners-up
Darcy Ward wins the FIM World Junior Championship

2011 Elite League Champions
Elite League Knockout Cup winners

2012 Coastal Aluminium announced as main team sponsors
Elite League Knockout Cup winners
Elite League Runners-up
Chris Holder wins the FIM World Individual Championship
BSPA Elite Shield winners

2013 Elite League Champions
BSPA Elite Shield winners

2014 Elite League Champions
BSPA Elite Shield winners

2015 Ready Power announced as main team sponsors
Elite League Champions
BSPA Elite Shield winners

2016 BSPA Elite Shield winners

2017 Volvo Cars Poole announced as main team sponsors
BSPA Elite Shield winners